How to Delete an Email Account on an iPhone

How to Delete an Email Account from iPhone Mail

Too many old folders and email addresses in iPhone Mail? Find out here how to delete an email account from iPhone Mail (Gmail, Outlook.com, IMAP, Yahoo, iCloud Mail, etc.).

First, the Floor Gives Way

The floor disappears before and underneath your eyes as you get a good view of solid tracks in mid-air.

On these tracks, you will roll up and down and sideways… maybe a bit upside down as well.

Since 1999, removing the floor from roller coaster wagons has provided a particular thrill; today, you can remove an email account from your iPhone for a good view of… mid-air:

How to Delete an Email Account from iPhone Mail

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To remove an email account from your iPhone Mail app:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Open the Mail category.

  3. Select Accounts.

  4. Now tap the account you want to delete from your iPhone.

  5. Tap Delet Account at the bottom.

    iCloud Mail: You cannot delete an iCloud account from iPhone (other than signing out of it altogether); you can disable the email part, however; see below.
    Disabling instead of deleting: You can also disable other email accounts, of course—and keep synchronization enabled for Contacts or the calendar, for example; see below.

  6. Tap Delete Account again to confirm the account deletion.

    Delete an Email Account from iPhone Mail

How to Disable an Email Account in iPhone Mail

To disable email for any account—IMAP, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, iCloud, etc.—set up on your iPhone without hampering other account functions:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Go to Mail.
  3. Open Accounts.
  4. Now tap the account you want to remove from iPhone Mail.
  5. For a Gmail, Exchange or Yahoo Mail account:
    – Disable Mail.
  6. For an IMAP account:
    – Disable Account.
  7. For an iCloud Mail account:
    – Tap iCloud.
    – Now disable iCloud Mail.
    Remove an iCloud Mail account from iPhone Mail

How to Delete an Email Account from iPhone Mail: FAQ

Will removing the account also delete emails in it?

When you disable or delete an email account in iPhone Mail, copies of emails kept on the phone will be deleted.

  • Email on the server remains unaffected, of course.

You can set up or enable the account again in iPhone Mail to access the messages again.

(How to delete an email account from iPhone Mail tested with iOS 15; updated June 2022)

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